How to start and close AutoCAD

You can launch AutoCAD using the Start button like other Windows applications.

  • pick the Start button in the Windows task bar, select Programs and look for AutoCAD.


You can also double-click on a shortcut to launch AutoCAD (if there is one on your system).


  • shortcuts can be customized to use a specific user profile and start in a specific default folder (right-click on shortchut).

Closing AutoCAD
You can Close AutoCAD using standard Windows methods and you will be prompted to save changes to drawings (if there are changes).
– pick the Close button in the upper right corner of the AutoCAD window.
– or pick File then Exit in the pulldowns to use the Quit command (this is the same as pressing <Alt> + F4).

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